Malaysia’s opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim arrived at the palace this morning to meet with the king in a bid to form a new government.
The People’s Justice Party leader was expected to present to King Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah a list of 112 parliamentary members showing support for Anwar’s leadership. His meeting at the National Palace in Kuala Lumpur was originally set at 10am today after it was postponed last month when the king underwent health treatment.
Anwar, 73, arrived at the palace in a black Jaguar at around 10:25am. Before departing his home, he tweeted a photo of himself with his wife, former deputy prime minister Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, saying: “Semoga dipermudahkan segala urusan hari ini. (Hope all things go smoothly today)”
Kenderaan membawa Ketua Pembangkang Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim tiba di Istana Negara pada 10.25 pagi. pic.twitter.com/NMduuAIdQS
— BERNAMA (@bernamadotcom) October 13, 2020
Semoga dipermudahkan segala urusan hari ini. pic.twitter.com/BzvwkylM5N
— Anwar Ibrahim (@anwaribrahim) October 13, 2020
He would need the support of at least 112 members out of the total 222 in order to oust Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and his National Alliance government, which came to power just seven months ago in March.
Anwar was yesterday summoned by the police over a list of 121 names of parliamentarians that leaked online. It contained Lembah Pantai MP Fahmi Fadzil and disgraced former prime minister Najib Razak, who is still on trial over the alleged appropriation of the 1MDB state fund.
Today’s meeting with the king comes weeks after Anwar told the press that he had earned majority support from parliament to form a new government and become prime minister.
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